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Articles by author: Michael Rosenthal(93 results)

Anthony Joshua's Interminable Patience Will Pay Off in The End

Anthony Joshua's Interminable Patience Will Pay Off in The End

By Michael Rosenthal - Anthony Joshua had to fight someone somewhere. Jarrell Miller in New York City wasn’t a bad choice. Joshua undoubtedly has felt neglected over the past year or more. The holder ...Read More

Teofimo Lopez - Hold On Tightly And Enjoy The Ride

Teofimo Lopez - Hold On Tightly And Enjoy The Ride

By Michael Rosenthal - Some people want to reserve judgment on Teofimo Lopez, which makes sense. He has fought only 12 times as a professional. We won’t know how good he truly is for at least two or t...Read More

Is This Version of Keith Thurman as Good as The Previous One?

Is This Version of Keith Thurman as Good as The Previous One?

By Michael Rosenthal - One has to feel for Keith Thurman. The 30-year-old WBA welterweight titleholder, speaking the day before he fought Josesito Lopez this past Saturday in Brooklyn, bemoaned the fa...Read More

Adrien Broner's Days As An Attraction Are Winding Down

Adrien Broner's Days As An Attraction Are Winding Down

By Michael Rosenthal - Has Adrien Broner’s act run its course? Broner is a good self-promoter, even if he gets crude in the process. He followed the lead of the best self-promoter in the business and ...Read More

Why Most of Us Still Root For Manny Pacquiao

Why Most of Us Still Root For Manny Pacquiao

By Michael Rosenthal - Manny Pacquiao is no longer the juggernaut who commanded our attention a decade-plus ago. He’s still good at 40, just not what he was. The best welterweights are named Crawford,...Read More

Caleb Plant Drops, Decisions Jose Uzcategui To Win IBF Title

By Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – It was brains and athleticism over brawn and aggression. Caleb Plant used his superior skills and two knockdowns to overcome the determination of Jose Uzcategui an...Read More

Brandon Figueroa Breaks Down, Stops Moises Flores in Three

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Figueroa adopted the nickname “Heartbreaker” because of his good looks. A better moniker might be “Bodybreaker.” Figueroa passed the biggest test of his career on the Jose Uzcate...Read More

Ahmed Elbiali Crushes a Very Faded Allan Green in Three

LOS ANGELES – Ahmed Elbiali is still recovering emotionally from his knockout loss to Jean Pascal in December 2017. And while Allan Green is 39 and had been inactive, one never knows what a one-time t...Read More

Guillermo Rigondeaux Knocks Giovanni Delgado Out in One

Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles - Former world champion an two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-1, 12 KOs), stopped Giovanni Delgado (16-9) in one round....Read More

Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Isn't Ideal But It's Fun

Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Isn't Ideal But It's Fun

By Michael Rosenthal - Of course, Terence Crawford will be a heavy favorite when he defends his welterweight title against Amir Khan on April 20 on pay-per-view television. Crawford is either No. 1 or...Read More

Savor Your Favorite Fighters Because They Fade Away

Savor Your Favorite Fighters Because They Fade Away

By Michael Rosenthal - One thing I’ve learned in boxing is that you should appreciate transcendent fighters while they’re at their best because those periods are fleeting. I witnessed up close the cir...Read More

Advice: Follow Lead of Garcia, Mares, Usyk, Warrington, Fury

Advice: Follow Lead of Garcia, Mares, Usyk, Warrington, Fury

By Michael Rosenthal - The value of challenging oneself seems so obvious to me. Take Mikey Garcia and Abner Mares, who are in different stages of their careers but are taking similar risks in their ne...Read More

Gervonta Davis-Abner Mares: Mismatch or Surprise in Making?

Gervonta Davis-Abner Mares: Mismatch or Surprise in Making?

By Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – Leonard Ellerbe, the promoter of Gervonta Davis, was speaking at a press conference to promote Davis’ February 9 title defense against Abner Mares when he asked th...Read More

Robert Garcia: Among My Underdogs, Lopez Has Best Chance

LOS ANGELES – Robert Garcia has suddenly become the trainer of big underdogs. He’ll be in the corners of Josesito Lopez against WBA welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman on January 26, Abner Mares ag...Read More

One Man's Boxing Wish List For The Coming Year

One Man's Boxing Wish List For The Coming Year

By Michael Rosenthal - All boxing fans have their dream matchups. Here are 10 of mine for 2019. This is the best-possible matchup in boxing, in my opinion. Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) and Crawford (34-0, 25...Read More

Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future

Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future

By Michael Rosenthal - Let’s first talk about what the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding fight isn’t. It isn’t much of a fight at all. It’s a Top 10 pound-for-pounder against a fighter who, by all account...Read More

The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Result Wasn't Outrageous

The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Result Wasn't Outrageous

By Michael Rosenthal - A colleague I respect was in mid-tirade over the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury scoring when I weighed in with my own score: 113-113. He instinctively – and audibly – scoffed, his wa...Read More

Tyson Fury: Worst Decision Since First Lewis-Holyfield Fight

LOS ANGELES – Tyson Fury kept saying “it is what it is” but “it” bothered him a great deal the morning after his draw with Deontay Wilder. Fury, his face bruised but his confidence soaring, believes w...Read More

Tyson Fury Made a Bigger Statement Than Deontay Wilder

LOS ANGELES – Neither Deontay Wilder nor Tyson Fury had his hand raised after their fight but, in effect, Fury was the winner. A year ago The Gypsy King weighed God knows how much -- 350 pounds? 375? ...Read More

Chris Arreola Returns With a TKO Win Over Maurenzo Smith

LOS ANGELES – Chris Arreola, hoping to get one more shot at a heavyweight title, stopped journeyman Maurenzo Smith at the end of the sixth round on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury card Saturday at Stapl...Read More

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